1 hour, 30 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality.
DVD Features: Babylon Babies Featurette; Arctic Escape Featurette; Fit for the Screen Featurette; Prequel to Babylon A.D.: Genesis Of Aurora Digital Graphic Novel; Still Gallery; ; Disc Two: Digital Copy of Babylon A.D. for portable Media Players compatible with Apple iTunes; Closed Caption
Vin Diesel ... Toorop
Michelle Yeoh ... Sister Rebeka
Mélanie Thierry ... Aurora
Gérard Depardieu ... Gorsky
Charlotte Rampling ... High Priestess
Mark Strong ... Finn
Lambert Wilson ... Darquandier
In the not-too-distant future, thousands of satellites scan, observe
and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone; the rest,
a collection of wretched way stations, teeming megalopolises, and vast
wastelands punctuated by areas left radioactive from nuclear meltdowns.
It is a world made for hardened warriors, one of whom, a mercenary
known only as Toorop (Vin Diesel "The Fast and the Furious"), who lives by a simple survivor's code: kill or be
killed. He is hired by an old ally, Gorsky (Gerard Depardieu "Green Card") to smuggle a young woman named
Aurora (Melanie Thierry "The Legend of 1900") from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City.
Toorop, along with his new
young charge Aurora and Aurora's guardian Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") embark on a
6,000-mile journey that takes them from Eastern Europe, through a
refugee camp in "New Russia," across the Bering Straight in a stolen
submarine, then through the frozen tundra of Alaska and Canada, and
finally to New York. Once they arrive in America, Toorop finally discovers the purpose of
his mission. Aurora is either carrying a deadly disease… or the new
messiah. In either case, the evil High Priestess (Charlotte Rampling "Swimming Pool")
will stop at nothing to get her hands on them.
Facing obstacles at every turn, Toorop, the killer
for hire, is tested like never before, in ways he could never have
imagined--as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the
only hope for the future of mankind. For the first time in his life,
Toorop has to make a choice: to make a difference or walk away and save
himself. Too bad it came on the day he died. There’s a cage fight that goes by in a blur, a snowmobile chase across
an icy landscape in which everyone’s so totally encumbered by their camouflage
outfits that it’s impossible to tell who’s who, a big battle on a New
York street complete with terrible visual effects .
Babylon A. D. was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz ("Gothika"), but it never becomes the thriller it was supposed to be. It simply sputters along, despite it's all-star international cast. And, worst of all is its hardly international star - Vin Deisel. He never seems to be much more than an angry night-club bouncer. This is simply a poorly constructed, derivative version of "City of Men," with a weak script, few thrills and mediocre action sequences.